What is Special Person Poetry?
Special Person poetry is just that…a poem about someone special. It could be written for a mother, father, grandparent, or even a historical figure the students are studying. It is really easy to write Special Person Poetry with Elementary students, especially if you download my free lesson plan and resource pack.
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Writing poetry in elementary school can be fun when students are given the right tools to support their writing.
Special Person Poetry Pattern
- Line 1 – Name or Nickname of Special Person
- Line 2 – two adjectives to describe the person (connect with ”and”)
- Line 3 – adverb (ending in –ly) and verb to describe something the person does
- Line 4 – Simile (comparing a quality of the person) use “like” or ”as”
- Line 5 – Close with a special thought, feeling, or message to the person
Helpful and caring
Smiles like the sunshine
I will always love you!
Friendly and generous
Carefree as a bird
He plays soccer with me!
Martin Luther King Jr.
Brave and determined
Brave as a lion
He stood up for Civil Rights!
Writing Special Person Poetry
STEP 1: First, select a Special Person you are writing your poem about
STEP 2: Independently & Whole Group: Give students time to brainstorm individually adjectives, adverbs, verbs, similes about the person (use the Brainstorming Organizer). Share out as a whole group. Encourage students to write any new ideas that appeal to them.
adventurous, affectionate, brave, bright, calm, careful, courageous, creative, energetic, enthusiastic, friendly, funny, generous, gentle, helpful, honest, intelligent, kind, loving, loyal, optimistic, patient, polite, reliable, resourceful, self-confident, thoughtful, warmhearted, witty
List of Adverbs:
beautifully, brightly, carefully, calmly, cheerfully, excitedly, eagerly, gently, gracefully, happily, joyfully, kindly, patiently, quickly, quietly
bake, cook, dance, golf, hug, kiss, jog, run, talk, love, teach, make, create, help, surf
Simile: Comparing 2 unrelated things with “like” or “as”
brave as a lion
protective as a mama bear
bright as the sun
STEP 3: Whole Group (optional): This is only if you are all writing your poems about the same person (i.e. Mother, father, grandparent, etc.) otherwise, you can skip this step. Create a class brainstorm for each line of the poem (see Class Brainstorming Page sample in resources)
STEP 4: Independently: students create their own draft of their Special Person Poem. This is scaffolded for your students’ abilities. They can select from the class-generated list, use the sample list of adjectives, adverbs, verbs, and similes to choose from, or use their own ideas.
STEP 6: Independently – students revise and edit their poems. Have them read their poem to a partner.
STEP 7: Independently: Students write or type their final draft. Students will need to type their final drafts to do the next techie step!
This is a fun and easy type of poem for elementary students to write.
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Let me know if you try this poetry writing with your students. I’d love to have you share student samples in the comments!
Thanks so much!
The Primary Professor